A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth. It is called a fixed bridge because it is not removable.
A bridge is a structure, supported by teeth on either side of a space.
It spans the gap between teeth, just as a bridge spans a river.
How is a bridge made?
The first step is to prepare the supports for the bridge.
Replacement crowns are placed over existing teeth as supports for a bridge.
The dentist pares down the teeth on either side of the gap, and takes an impression of the prepared teeth.
This is then sent to the dental technician where the bridge is made.
The technician will make a replacement crown for each prepared tooth.
These crowns are joined to an artificial tooth, which replaces the missing tooth.
dentist will then cement the completed bridge over the prepared teeth.
How will my pared down teeth be protected until I receive my bridge?
The dentist will make and install a temporary acrylic bridge that will protect the teeth and prevent sensitivity.
You can eat normally with a temporary bridge. It will also look good.